Luca Urlando Becomes Becomes No. 3 17-18 200 Free Performer with 1:46.51


Seventeen-year-old Luca Urlando, fresh off his first national title Wednesday night in the 200 fly, became the third-fastest American 17-18-year-old in history Thursday night in the 200 free at the 2019 U.S. National Championships in Palo Alto.

Urlando went 1:46.51 to win the B-final, splitting 25.06/26.92/27.36/27.17. His best time before this heading into the meet was 1:47.56, from May. He entered 2018 having never broken 1:50.

Michael Phelps‘ 17-18 national age group record sits at 1:45.99 from 2003. Stanford’s Jack LeVant is the No. 2 17-18 performer with his 1:46.39 from 2018.

Top 5 Performers in History: U.S. Men’s 17-18 200 Free

  1. Michael Phelps. 1:45.99, 2003
  2. Jack LeVant, 1:46.39, 2018
  3. Luca Urlando, 1:46.51, 2019
  4. Maxime Rooney, 1:47.10, 2015
  5. Patrick Callan, 1:47.33, 2017

Australian Elijah Winnington won the event Thursday in 1:46.19. Kieran Smith was second in 1:46.25 and Dean Farris third in 1:46.45.

At the 2019 FINA World Championships last week, American entrants Townley Haas and Andrew Seliskar failed to final in the 200 free individually, going 1:46.85 and 1:46.74, respectively; it took 1:46.55 to make the final. Urlando’s time ranks him the No. 4 American man in line for the national team this season behind Smith, Haas, and Farris.

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Good timing—the relay needs new blood


Too many master swimmer in the US Team #embarrassed


Hey look. Someone from the US that doesn’t fly and die a 200 free


I’m glad to see he didn’t attend any classes at the Le Clos School of 200 Freestylers

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name

I know it’s irrelevant for national team placement, but Seliskar’s relay leadoffs should be included in articles like this.

That NAG is toast next year.

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